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Wed, 28 Sep 2005, 11:47 AM

Jim Dunn Racing Set to Run Special Johnny Lightning Car in Chicago
Courtesy of Bill Walters

JOLIET, Ill. -- Tony Bartone and the Jim Dunn Racing team will feature a special edition Johnny Lightning paint scheme on the Got CMKX?/Lucas Oil Funny Car at this weekend's Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Johnny Lightning Car rendering.
"We're excited to bring out our Johnny Lightning-themed Funny Car in Chicago," said crew chief and car owner, Jim Dunn. "We have enjoyed a long running relationship with Playing Mantis and Racing Champions (RC2) and we really appreciate their continued strong support over the years."

Playing Mantis, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, is best known for its Johnny lightning line of die-cast automobile replicas, Polar Lights model kits, and collectible figures under the Memory Lane brand. Playing Mantis' products are primarily sold at mass merchandising, hobby, and drug and grocery chains. The company has a growing portfolio of exciting product lines that reflect an enduring commitment to quality, value and collectibility.

RC2 is a leading designer, producer and marketer of high quality, innovative, branded collectible, hobby, toy and infant products targeted at both adults and children. Their diverse product offerings include: RC2's Learning Curve Brands for traditional children's and infant toys and RC2's Collectible Brands, which consists of automotive, high performance racing vehicle replicas; agricultural, construction and outdoor sports vehicle replicas; sports trading cards, apparel and souvenirs; and collectible figures.

The Jim Dunn Racing team has campaigned both a Johnny Lightning and a Playing Mantis Funny Car in the past. The team won back to back NHRA national events running their Johnny Lightning car in 1998, notching a win at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, followed by a victory two weeks later at the Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis.

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